The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture

imagesSchool has begun and with it anticipation, hope, trials, successes and failures. Unfortunately what also comes when school is in session are children struggling with their social skills. Some will learn to respect, accept, understand and enjoy their peers, and others will act out hostilities they might be witnessing at home, or that might be bottled up inside from their own fears and anxieties.

With so much talk about bullying these days you’d think America would see a decrease. Not so. Although there have been an increase of authors that have addressed the subject. Master Koda Select Publishing has a few of those novels and memoirs available.

10699194_807153445974061_424882861_nOne being The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture by Donna Dillon

This is not an easy, fun read, but is rather a book that every student, teacher and child advocate should read.

Donna is very passionate to do what she can to stop bullying in the school system. Donna Dillon published her first book in October 2010. When Master Koda Select Publishing approached her with a publishing contract, she took the opportunity in hopes to expand her reach and build her brand.

I asked Donna why she wrote this book and this was her response.

Cinda, the character in my book, The Snake Pit, was born with a cleft palate, and so was I. The things that happen in the book are fiction, but how she felt was exactly how I felt growing up. Being bullied for something you can’t possibly help, or change, is horrible. I chose to turn it into something positive, but many bullied children do not. I’m 47 years old now. I can still hear the bullies voice in my head. But, the thing I remember the most, the thing that bothers me the most: the silence from those who just stood by and let it happen, and did nothing to stop it. That is why I wrote this book.

Here’s a little bit about the story, The Snake Pit: Jr. High can be Torture.10668666_807153392640733_1287542675_n

Cinda doesn’t look like other twelve-year-old girls. A facial defect, and the surgery to correct it has left her face scarred and disfigured. When she walks into Hargrove Junior High for the first time, Cinda knows the other kids won’t see how smart she is, or what a good friend she could be. The other kids will see her as a monster, and her life will be torture.

The school cafeteria, or The Snake Pit, as the kids call it, is the prime location for bullying. One pretty girl in particular takes an instant dislike to Cinda. Day after day she is pushed, tripped, and laughed at. Not all the other kids bully her, but only one tries to help.

Charlene Carsten is Cinda’s only friend. She tries to stop the bullying, but the other kids won’t listen. She tries to tell the Principal, but he only sees what he wants to. She tries to tell the teachers, but they all say the same thing, “kids will be kids.”

When Cinda falls victim to a vicious prank at a school dance, it sets off a series of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

Enjoy the book now on Amazon, share, and help kids feel accepted and loved for who they are!

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About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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6 Responses to The Snake Pit: Jr High Can be Torture

  1. laurieboris says:

    Great post, Dianne, and Donna, I’m so excited that your stories are with MKSP!

  2. laurieboris says:

    Reblogged this on Laurie Boris, Freelance Writer and commented:
    I have a soft spot for books that speak to bullying in schools…and among kids in general. This powerful little story by my friend Donna Dillon has just undergone a makeover courtesy of the lovely Kim Mutch Emerson and the folks at MKSP. I’m excited to see this story get a little more attention and…wait for it…MSKP is putting out the sequel, as well. Powerful stuff, adding one more voice to the fight.

  3. Thanks for helping the world out, Donna!

  4. Donna Dillon-Truckenbrod says:

    This is wonderful..thank you Dianne!

  5. Beautiful blog post, Dianne!

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